Diesel prices drop below petrol in Chichester

Diesel prices drop below petrol prices in Chichester. Picture by Eddie Mitchell
Diesel prices drop below petrol prices in Chichester. Picture by Eddie Mitchell

KEEN-EYED motorists have spotted a drop in diesel prices compared to petrol in Chichester.

Freelance photographer Eddie Mitchell took pictures of the Sainsbury’s and Esso garages, both of which had diesel priced at 113.9p per litre today (July 30), compared with 115.9p for petrol.

Diesel prices drop below petrol prices in Chichester. Picture by Eddie Mitchell

Diesel prices drop below petrol prices in Chichester. Picture by Eddie Mitchell

According to fuel price comparison website www.petrolprices.com, the past 24 hours has seen three UK supermarket chains, Morrisons, Tesco and Sainsbury’s, all announcing further diesel price cuts.

Luke Bosdet, AA spokesman, said to This is Money.com: “Diesel drivers will think that the latest fall in the cost of their fuel is ‘better late than never’ and is very welcome.

“However, the average pump price of diesel across the UK remains above petrol’s even though the former is around 3p a litre cheaper at wholesale level.”

Nunzia Florio, of the UK Petroleum Industry Association, said: “It is also important to note that pump prices in the UK, excluding duty and VAT, have been consistently amongst the lowest in Europe over the last ten years.

“This underlines just how fiercely competitive fuel retailing is in the UK.

“This is also reflected in the number of filling stations’ closures. Numbers have declined from about 17,000 in 1994 to 8,591 at the end of 2014. Most recently, around 420 filling stations have been closing each year.”

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